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NOVA SCOTIA

South Shore Explorer Tour
June 18th  –  27th 2024
2340 USD Single
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HOSTED BY:

Louise Orpin - On Her Own | But Not Alone

OVERVIEW

 

Welcome to Nova Scotia and the South Shore!

 

This 10 day tour sampler takes in some of the most interesting and less travelled parts of my province. I have included my favourite (and not so popular) spots, so that you can experience the unique place where I live.

We will stay on Beautiful Cape Sable Island at Harbour Guesthouse, my home since 2016. In Wolfville, we’ll have our first night a the beautiful Tattingstone Inn and our last night in Halifax at the Cambridge Suites in the centre of downtown.

 

Starting in Wolfville, home of Acadia University and Unesco site Grand Pre, we’ll have a chance to see the mighty Bay of Fundy with the highest tides in the world as we explore this historical area. We’ll have a set lunch at the Grand Pre winery while sampling their vintages and a tour that overlooks the vineyards and vast Grand Pre. Overnight we stay in the beautiful Tattingstone century inn.

 

Making our way east, is Annapolis Royal with its lovely historical gardens and Fort Anne situated at the confluence of the Annapolis and Allain rivers. Settled since 1629 it has a wealth of history of the early planters and French and British garrisons. There are also some wonderful galleries and shops in the little town which we’ll have time to explore.

 

A short drive away is the town of Digby - known for its scallops. Enjoy a sampling of these tasty shellfish at the Fundy Restaurant overlooking Digby Pier. There is a park and museum and the Digby Pier lighthouse next to our lunch spot.

 

Travelling the Evangeline Trail, we’ll make our way to Cape Sable Island - Lobster Capital of Canada! Our drive will take us along the French shore and the pretty towns, beaches and churches established in the 1700’s.

 

Now we continue on to the southernmost tip of Nova Scotia - Cape Sable Island and my home. Encircled by stunning, near empty beaches with pure white sand, you can imagine being in the Caribbean!

 

After touring Cape Sable Island and the area, we’ll head up towards Unesco site, Lunenburg. Following a scenic drive along the La Have River outside of Bridgewater, we arrive mid-morning in Lunenburg. After exploring the waterfront and visiting the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, we’ll head to Mahone Bay for lunch at a favourite spot of mine - Rebecca’s - just 20 mins from Lunenburg.

 

Following lunch we’ll visit Peggy’s Cove for photos (I hour) then head to Halifax and our hotel for the evening. (1 hour). Farewell dinner on the Halifax waterfront - just a 10 minute walk from the hotel.

ITINERARY

 

Day 1 - Tuesday, June 18th 
Pick up Halifax mid-morning at meeting point/airport (TBD) 
Transfer to Wolfville (1 hour) 
Winery visit and set lunch at Grand Pre Winery 
Visit to Port Williams and Bay of Fundy Look Off Point - highest tides in the world Walking tour of Wolfville and check-in 
Pub dinner/snacks 
Overnight Wolfville, Tattingstone Inn (or similar)

 

Day 2 - Wednesday, June 19th 
Breakfast at the Inn 
Walk through Unesco site Grand Pre and visit the interpretive centre after we'll drive to Annapolis Royal (75 mins) 
Visit to the Historic Gardens and Fort Anne grounds  
Coffee/snack at the German Bakery 
Drive to Digby (25 mins) 
Late lunch at Fundy Restaurant, waterside. 
Travel the Evangeline Trail on the French Shore to Cape Sable Island (2 hours)
 Optional beach walk on Hawk Beach - sunset point view. Light snacks  
Overnight Harbour Guesthouse

 

Day 3 - Thursday, June 20th 
Breakfast 
Beach walk on North East Point  
Barrington for dinner supplies 
Afternoon trip with light lunch to the Cape Light via boat - tallest lighthouse in Nova Scotia Potluck dinner with everyone making their favourite dish 
Optional beach walk on Hawk Beach - sunset point view 
Overnight Harbour Guesthouse  

 

Day 4 - Friday, June 21st
Breakfast 
Walk Cape Sable Island’s Stony Island beach 
Transfer to Lockeport (40 mins) 
Picnic lunch on nearby Crescent Beach 
Afternoon at leisure 
Lobster dinner - Harbour Guesthouse  
Overnight Harbour Guesthouse

 

Day 5 - Saturday, June 22nd
Breakfast 
Half-day trip to Yarmouth, site of Cape Forchu lighthouse (50 mins) Rudders restaurant for lunch  
Return to Cape Sable Island - stop at Dan’s Ice Cream Shoppe 
Afternoon at your leisure 
Light snacks/beverages - optional evening of cards 
Overnight Harbour Guesthouse

Day 6 - Sunday, June 23rd 
Breakfast 
Half-day trip to historic Shelburne (45 mins) 
Walk the local Tom Tigney Trail at Sable River (easy, approx. 1 hour) 
Lunch at Charlotte Lane Cafe 
Tour of museums and waterfront before heading back to the island 
Light meal/evening snacks 
Overnight Harbour Guesthouse

 

Day 7 - Monday, June 24th 
Breakfast  
Travel to Wedgeport for Tusket Island boat trip (70 mins) 
Boat tour with chowder, sea shanties and local guide (approx 3.5 hours) Return to Cape Sable Island for leisure time 
Set light dinner - Harbour Guesthouse 
Overnight Harbour Guesthouse

 

Day 8 - Tuesday, June 25th 
Breakfast 
Day trip to Pubnico - approx. 1 hour drive

Acadian Museum and Quilt Studio and the

Historic Acadian Village 
Lunch at Dennis Point restaurant 
Return to Cape Sable Island for beach walk on Hawk Beach 
Snacks and beverages - optional evening of cards 
Overnight Harbour Guesthouse

 

Day 9 - Wednesday, June 26th 
Breakfast 
Travel to Bridgewater (2 hours) and follow the scenic East La Have River to Lunenburg (20 mins) Explore the waterfront, Museum and shops before heading to Mahone Bay (20 mins) 
Lunch at Rebecca’s Restaurant and photos of the lovely bay and the 3 famous churches.              

Peggy’s Cove is next and 1 hour away. This iconic lighthouse is the symbol of Nova Scotia.  On to Halifax and our hotel for the evening - Cambridge Suites in downtown Halifax. 
Farewell dinner on the waterfront - 10 minute walk from the hotel. Overnight Cambridge Suites

 

Day 10 - Thursday, June 27th 
Breakfast 
Drop to Halifax airport or Halifax meeting point late morning for onward travel 

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DATES:     June 18th - June 27th, 2024

PRICING:  USD 2340 single

    

BOOKING: Click here

WHATS INCLUDED

 

  • All transport - pick up and drop Halifax at arranged point        or airport

  • All fuel, parking and taxes

  • Accommodations (single and twin share)

  • 9 hot breakfasts

  • Picnic Lunch x 2

  • Set lunch Grand Pre Winery

  • Coffee and pastry in Annapolis Royal

  • Lobster dinner x 1

  • Light set dinner x 1

  • Potluck dinner x 1

  • Evening snacks and beverages x 4

  • Local and provincial taxes

  • Vegan, Gluten free and Vegetarian options available

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

  • Tusket Island Boat Tour - approx. 75 USD

  • Acadian Village - entry fee - approx. 8 USD

  • Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens - approx. 8 USD

  • 2 Dinners - Day 1 and Day 9

  • 6 lunches (as per itinerary)

What our guests say:

 

A top-notch guest house you’ll never want to leave!

Oh my goodness! This is such a gorgeous guest house! Louise is the consummate hostess.

We loved our room and our delicious breakfast! Would go back in a heartbeat!

Tracey - August 2022

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